The army appears to be expanding its economic interests after the military takeover in 2013 that allowed Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to seize powerReuters

The Egyptian military is to start selling cut-price baby formula as it expands its control of the ailing economy.

Even though baby milk is subsidised, it sells for about Egp£60 (£5) for a 400-gram tin, triggering a rare protest against rising prices by mothers last week. With the army unfettered by restrictions on access to dollars, it will be able to charge half the market rate.

The military is looking to establish itself as a serious economic force in a country struggling with a chronic shortage of cash after five years of unrest. Baby milk sales add to an already…